Veterans Day deals from Grease Monkey, Great Clips, Chili's, Applebee's, Olive Garden, more

DENVER - Today we mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

Many restaurants and businesses are honoring honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes, oil changes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days. If you see an offer I have missed, please email me:

First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to Rocky Mountain National Park and national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11:

Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11 at Colorado's state parks. You will need to show military ID, discharge papers or other proof of service at the park gate. All other passengers in the vehicle will also be admitted free. Find a park:

Veterans get a free oil change at CERTAIN Grease Monkey locations in six states on Nov. 11. Veterans must show military ID or DD214. The list of participating locations has expanded. See the list:

I LOVE THIS DEAL! Great Clips will give veterans and active duty personnel a free hair cut on Nov. 11. If YOU get your hair cut on Nov. 11, they'll give you a coupon to give to a veteran for a free hair cut from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31. Details:  Thanks to Jessica and Greg for this tip.

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores:

All six Waterway Carwash locations in the Denver metro area, Jazz Car Wash in Littleton and Car Wash Express are offering active duty and retired personnel a free basic car wash on Nov. 11.  More than 43 car wash locations across Colorado are offering a free car wash for veterans on Nov. 11, check the Grace for Vets website for a full list:    Thanks to Shayne, Cathy and Anna for this tip.

All active duty members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves ride free until Dec. 31 on all RTD buses and light rail while in uniform or with ID.  Details:  Thanks to Kaitte for this tip.

The Dumb Friends League is waiving its adoption fees on Nov. 11 for veterans interesting in adopting a cat, dog or small mammal:  (It's the second offer in the rotating window.) Thanks to George for this tip.

Carrabba's is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating:

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu on SUNDAY, Nov. 10. Dine-in only. You will need military ID. Please make a reservation. Menu & details:

Rodizio Grill is offering a free meal for veterans Nov. 11-14 when you purchase another full Rodizio meal. Proof of Service required. The Denver location is offering this deal, I haven't reached the Fort Collins locations yet.  Thanks to Becca for this tip.

Veterans (and active duty personnel) get a free lunch or dinner, up to $12, at Bar Louie on Nov. 10 AND Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Dine-in only.

Veterans and active duty personnel get a free lunch or dinner buffet at Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa in Black Hawk on Nov. 11. (Lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) A veteran's card or valid military ID should be presented to the buffet cashier to qualify for the complimentary meal. One free meal per person.

Pass this deal along to your friends who are first responders! First responders, veterans and active duty military get a free buffet at the Lodge Casino Black Hawk Nov. 11 at Season's Restaurant.   Thanks to Shawn for this tip.

Veterans get a free meal at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Nov. 11. Pick a "choose 2" or "choose 3" combo. You will need military ID or other proof of military service. Dine-in only.

Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required.

Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only.  *Note, even though the website says no ID required, Jeff says they asked him for ID last year.

All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details:

Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details:

Lupita's Restaurant (Aurora) is giving veterans a free meal on Nov. 11 (Military ID required.) Dine-in only:

Champps Americana in Littleton is offering veterans and active duty military a free burger and fries on Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only.

Enjoy a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Valid at participating locations:

Vets get free entree from the lunch menu at TGI Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.  Thanks to Charlene for the details.

Fox & Hound is giving veterans and active duty personnel a free burger on Nov. 11:  Thanks to Charlene for this tip, too.

BD's Mongolian Grill is offering all military service members (veterans and active duty) 50% off on a stir-fry meal from Nov 11-15. Must show proof of service. I saw this in an email from the company. There's nothing on their website, so call your local restaurant to make sure they are participating. Thanks to Amber for this tip.

Famous Dave's is offering veterans a deal on Nov. 11, but you have to call each location to find out if it's a free meal or a discount. At the Aurora location, it's 15 percent off.

Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast item at Village Inn on Nov. 11. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast. No purchase neccessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.

Free Tavern Double Burger and fries for veterans and active duty military at Red Robin on Nov. 11.  Thanks to Brian for this information.

Veterans eat free at Twin Peaks restaurant Nov. 11. However, their website only says they eat free, it doesn't have any other details:

Veterans get a free All-American steak sandwich with fries at Hideaway Steakhouse on Nov. 11.  Beverage, tax and gratuity not included.  Must show military ID or proof of service. Thank you to Beth for this tip.

Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink.

Get a Bloomin' Onion and a beverage for free at Outback on Nov. 11 and get 10 percent off Nov. 12 'til the end of the year. Offer valid for veterans and active duty military with military ID.

Red Lobster is offering service members a complimentary appetizer (from a list of 10 choices). Offer good Nov. 11-14.

Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch entree or one topping mini deep dish pizza at dinner on Nov. 11 at BJ's. Proof of service required. There is nothing on the company's website, the information came in an email from the company. Please verify that your local restaurant is participating. Thanks to Summer for this tip.

Paciugo Gelato Caffe is offering veterans and troops a free 12 oz. gelatte on Nov. 11 at participating locations. In Colorado, the free treat is being offered at locations in Lakewood and Loveland.

Get a free doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on Nov. 11. You'll need to present your military ID or wear your uniform for the free treat. No purchase neccesary. Not valid at grocery or convenience stores. You may have to pay sales tax.

Einstein Bagels is giving veterans and active duty military a free bagel and shmear, or any other topping, on Nov. 11. Offer valid from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thanks to Kristina for this tip.

IKEA is giving veterans and active duty personnel a free entree on Nov. 9-11. Entrée is a sandwich, hot dish or entrée salad. Please show some form of military ID. Details:

Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day:

Enjoy a complimentary entree in Atwater on Gore Creek, the Vail Cascade's restaurant, Nov. 8 -  Nov. 11. Advance reservations recommended. Offer valid for veterans and active duty personnel. The hotel is also offering a $99 starting rate valid Nov. 1 - 30, a savings of up to 50 percent. Use promotion code VCMILITARY.  Thanks to Lupe for this tip.

Veterans, current service members AND THEIR FAMILIES get 20 percent off at JCPenny Nov. 6-11. You must print a coupon from this website:

Bed, Bath & Beyond & Cost Plus World Market is offering veterans, active duty personnel AND their families 20 percent off their ENTIRE purchase on Nov. 9-11. In-store only with valid military ID such as a DD-214, American Legion membership card, VFW membership card and U.S. Military Services Privilege & Identification Card. (not valid on: Alessi, Arthur Court, Breville®, Britto™ Collection, Brookstone®, DKNY, The Elf on the Shelf®, kate spade, Kenneth Cole Reaction Home, KitchenAid® PROLINE, Costa Boda, Le Creuset®, Lladró®, Miele, Monique Lhuillier, Nambe®, Nautica®, Nespresso, Orrefors, Riedel, Shun, Swarovski, T-Tech, Vera Wang®, Victorinox Luggage, Vitamix, Waterford®, Wusthof®, or Zwilling; Baby Brezza®, Baby Jogger™, Babymel™, BÉABA®, Bugaboo, Bumbleride™, Clek, Destination Maternity®, Ergobaby™, Foundations®, Maxi-Cosi®, Mountain Buggy®, Oeuf, Orbit Baby™, Peg Pérego®, Petunia Pickle Bottom®, Phil & Teds®, Quinny®, Romero Britto™, Stokke®,storksak®, Svan®, Under Armour®, UPPAbaby®, disposable diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, or portrait studio services. Valid for 10% off Dutailier® products. Thanks to Angela at SheerID for this tip.

Lowe's offers a 10 percent on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day to all veterans who served honorably and present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. Lowe’s also offers a military discount of 10 percent every day to men and women who are currently in the Armed Services and to honor Retired Veterans and VA Recipients who have a valid military ID Card, VA card or Veteran Identification Card (VIC). Details:

I've had MULTIPLE veterans and their families tell me that Home Depot offers a 10% military discount, but it appears it is not publicized, because it is not listed on their website. It appears some locations offer this deal every day, others do not. Check with your local store.

Military members and their families get 20 percent off at Joann fabric and craft stores on 'military discount days.' However, the website doesn't list those days. Please check with your local store.   Thanks to Diane for this tip.

Veterans get 50% off on Nov. 11 at Quaker Steak & Lube in Westminster. Must have military ID.  Thanks to Chandra for this tip.

Veterans and active duty service members with military ID get free Cibolo Mountain coffee or a Flavors2Go fountain drink (and size) at Corner Store on Monday. Corner Stores are located at Valero gas stations.

Great Harvest Bread Company (Greenwood Village) is giving veterans a free yogurt on Nov. 11:  Thanks to Sharron for the deal.

Members of the military and their families get 20 percent off at David's Bridal through Nov. 15. Thanks to Danielle for this tip.

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